Orange Fluff Salad

Orange Fluff Salad

Making something for your party, event, or just to enjoy at home that has all the feel of a dessert without the heaviness of ice cream and other treats brought along has never been so simple! Like takes on ambrosia salad, Orange fluff salad only requires a handful of ingredients and takes no time to put together.

Orange Fluff Salad

What is Orange Fluff Salad?

Orange fluff salad is a spin-off of an American classic known as ambrosia salad, which usually involves fruits and nuts mixed with mini marshmallows, cool whip, and other ingredients. This isn’t quite the same idea since it adds and takes away many factors, but it results in a dish that pays homage to that concept.

How Do I Serve This?

Serving orange fluff salad should be done cold. After one day in the fridge, the flavor improves since it gives the ingredients time to soak up flavor and meld together better. It can be served as a snack or a dessert and can have whipped cream, or decorative toppings added.

What Do I Need?

Today’s ingredients are a cool whip, orange gelatin powder, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, cottage cheese, and sweetened shredded coconut. But you can opt-out of anything that you don’t like or add in other popular ingredients for this concept, like yogurt, chopped nuts, or other fruits.

How Do I Store Orange Fluff Salad?

Be sure to keep extra of your orange fluff salad refrigerated. Do not freeze this food; it won’t work well. And be sure you keep the treat in an airtight container with a lid or covered with plastic wrap because it will dry out in the fridge if you don’t keep it covered. Mix up the salad to distribute any settling when you’re ready to serve.

Can I Change the Flavor?

The recipe for today focuses on using orange flavoring to make the dish themed, which can be great for any orange lovers out there. But what if you want to change it up? You can easily swap the orange gelatin for any other flavor or add different fruits if you want a unique dish of your creation.

Why Eat Fluff Salad?

It probably sounds odd if you’ve never tried this before. You take some time to become acquainted with the taste and textures of ambrosia salad-themed dishes. But this is a great summertime dessert since it feels lighter than ice cream, is served cold, and is a little refreshing on a hot day.

Can Kids Make This?

Since you won’t need any element of heat or sharp objects to make this, it can be a great way to involve your little ones in some kitchen fun. Your kids can combine the ingredients on their own or with your help, depending on their age, and they can enjoy knowing they helped make their snack.

When Would You Make Orange Fluff Salad?

While you can truly make this any time of year or for any occasion, it’s often considered summer food due to the element of being served cold. It can be great for barbecue events, potlucks, and other events to bring your snack dish. The possibilities for when and where to make it are endless.

Now that your burning questions are answered, are you ready to try this dish? Whether you need a snack or dessert for your home or just need something to bring along to an event, this simple orange fluff salad will be sure to impress no matter who it’s made for.

Orange Fluff Salad

Orange Fluff Salad

You can never go wrong with a classic recipe like this orange fluff salad. It only takes a handful of ingredients to make and a quick toss together. A deliciously sweet and fruity side dish for most occasions.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Salad
Servings 8


  • 1 Tub Cool Whip (8 ounces)
  • 1 Box Orange Gelatin Powder (3 ounces)
  • 1 Can Mandarin Oranges, drained (14 ounces)
  • 1 ½ Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut


  • Combine the whipped cream and orange jello powder in a large mixing bowl and mix until no white streaks remain.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and fold them in until fully combined.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, until ready to serve.


  • This can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. You’ll want to cover it with at least plastic when storing it or it will dry out. Do not freeze.
  • If you store it in the fridge for at least a day, the flavor has a chance to really soak in, and it’s truly the best.
  • You’ll want to stir it well after storing it as some of the liquid will migrate to the top. This simply redistributes it evenly.
  • The marshmallows will get much gooier once stored. Don’t be alarmed, this is ok and, in my opinion, makes it better.
  • Swap out various jello flavors to change up the entire flavor of the salad.
  • Other popular add-ins are sour cream, yogurt, fruit cocktail, chopped pecans, etc. Many variances exist for this salad since it’s been around for so many years. So, just adjust it to your preferences.